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17 June 2011

Online Video Puts Cyclists and Truck Drivers in each other shoes

RSA Marks Bike Week 2011

To mark National Bike Week, which runs from Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th June, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is re-launching an online video educating cyclists and truck drivers on how to share the road safely.

The six and a 1/2 minute video (HGV and Cycling Safety Video) was produced as an educational resource for Goods vehicle drivers and cyclists to show them how to safely share the road, particularly in urban areas. Research has shown that over the period, 1997 to 2009:

175 pedal cyclists have been killed on Irish roads

24% of cyclists killed were involved in collision with a goods vehicle

This represents 3.6% of all fatalities on Irish roads

444 cyclists were seriously injured over the same period

22.3% of the cyclists were killed in Dublin City

Mr. Noel Brett, Chief Executive, RSA said “this online video is a great resource for cyclists, and truck drivers. It gives cyclists the opportunity to see and appreciate the challenges that truck drivers face in negotiating towns and villages due to the size of their vehicles and also provides advice on how to share the roads safely with these vehicles. Truck drivers can benefit from the resource as it provides a real understanding of the dangers from a cyclists point of view.”

“As we celebrate National Bike week, which is encouraging everyone to get back on their bikes, all drivers need to be mindful of the increased number of cyclists taking to the roads. Through this video, we hope to encourage cyclists and truck drivers to work together to make our roads a safer place not only for themselves, but for all road users”, he added.”

The RSA’s online video follows the driver of an articulated lorry as he travels through busy streets, typical of those found in cities and large towns in Ireland. It highlights the responsibilities goods vehicle drivers, and in particular HGV drivers, have in urban areas in relation to cyclists. It illustrates the vulnerability cyclists may feel when sharing the road with goods vehicles and offers common sense advice to HGV drivers. It advises cyclists to be aware of the “blind zone” which prevents truck drivers from seeing cyclists positioned to the left or close to the front of a truck. The rule of thumb for a cyclist is – if you cannot see the driver, the driver cannot see you.

Mr. Brett added that ‘Drivers need to pay attention and be on guard for cyclists using the roads. You need to allow extra space when overtaking a cyclist and always anticipate a cyclist having to make a sudden move to avoid a pothole or obstruction. It’s also important to watch out for cyclists at junctions especially when turning left.”

The film is available to download from the RSA website (www.rsa.ie), RSA YouTube site, Facebook page (Road Safety Authority Ireland) and Twitter (RSAIreland).

As part of National Bike Week the RSA has distributed hi-visibility rucksack covers for cyclists, to local Road Safety Officers nationwide. The RSA will also have a stand at the Phoenix Park Green on Sunday 26th of June 2011. The Road Safety Interactive Shuttle will visit Galway City in Salthilll carpark on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd of June 2011 and will be Dunnes Stores Car Par, Kilkenny town on Saturday 25th of June 2011 to celebrate National Bike Week.

 For further information, please contact:

Communications, Road Safety Authority: 09625132;

Please follow the link to download the film clip HGV and Cycling Safety Video or download the Pedal Cyclists Road casualties 1998 to 2008(PDF).

RSA Top Tips for Safer Cycling:

  • Know and obey the Rules of the Road;
  • Wear reflective clothing at all times;
  • Always wear a helmet when on your bike;
  • Your brakes, tyres, chain, lights, reflector and bell must be in good working order;
  • It’s the law to have a bell on your bike. Use the bell as a warning, not for fun;
  • Have appropriate lighting and reflectors on your bicycle - white or yellow lamps to the front and red at the back;
  • Keep both hands on the handlebars, except when signaling or changing gears;
  • Use hand signals when turning or stopping;
  • Never cycle more than two abreast; Always cycle single-file when overtaking;
  • Keep well back when cycling behind moving vehicles in all traffic;
  • Never ride in the lane of oncoming traffic even if it is a bicycle lane or hard shoulder;
  • Never take up a position on the ‘inside’ of a large vehicle out of view of the driver. Stay behind if the large vehicle has stopped at a junction with the intention of turning left;
  • Never wear an mp3, iPod or use a mobile phone when cycling;
  • Make sure your laces are tied to ensure they do not get caught in the bicycle chain;
  • Take care on wet or icy roads, or when there is a strong wind;
  • Use cycle tracks, where they are available;
  • Use the Safe Cross Code if walking on the footpath with your bicycle.

Please visit www.rsa.ie or www.rulesoftheroad.ie for further information.


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